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vote there. today richard hoss's book is out. you can't be bankrupt there. it's way too early. chuck todd is next. >> a major breakthrough in the world of sports. a veteran said he is gay. support from presidents clinton and obama and an ever-accelerating evolution on this issue. fight night, mark sanford and elizabeth colbert busch ahead of a debate and it's fair to say a sanford shadow is looming large over the race. it's not marx. it's jenny's. >> a deep dive in the fast and furious and failed attempts by different governors across the country to change tax laws.
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we will talk to the anti-tax man himself about why he opposes some of these measures. >> good morning from danville, new jersey. this is "the daily rundown." saddle up your pony, there is a rainbow in the sky. mr. todd has got a lot to say. so listen up to chuck because he's "the daily rundown" guy. today is going to be a great day. >> here's chuck todd. >> wow. to you don and matt and steve for that video. we learned that we will have a 10:15 a.m. press conference from the president this morning. today is actually the first 100 days of the second term. it is fitting. many presidents like to mark those days with a press conference. the president will be covering that live. let's get to the first reads of
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the morning. if it's tuesday, somebody is voting somewhere. today it's in massachusetts and it's for a senate seat. voters are already heading to the polls to pick the democratic and republican nominees who will compete to fill out john kerry's senate term. massachusetts had more special elections for you than regularly scheduled elections in the last three years. chalk it up to the law of unintended consequences. remember what happened. democrats in the state legislature were worried about john kerry can win the presidency and leave republican mitt romney to appoint his replacement. they changed it to force a special election. of course that in turn produced republican senator scott brown in 2010. marky and lynch are battling it out. marky remains the favorite, but the question is how big of a favorite. the party is trying to learn the lessons of failed candidate martha coakley rallied around
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marky hurley. now he was endorsed before he got confirm and so did vicki kennedy and caroline. because they could both run without losing house seats, there was no incentive. the republican side features three candidates. the navy s.e.a.l. turned businessman and former u.s. attorney and actor mike sullivan. the fact that republicans ended up with a competitive primary seems like arrested energy when you consider 150,000 primary voters will turn out today. before the boston bombings upended the race, it was known for not catching fire. both are competitive and william galvin predicts that they are likely to cast ballots today. turn out among registered independents. not only how many turn out, but where they vote. they can pick either primary. lynch needs them in the
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democratic primary to pull the upset over marky. he will overcome the fact that he's not a true conservative republican among the definition that is out there today. the big question, they will decide is the democratic nominee the heavy favorite or just a slightly heavy favorite. it depends on dave gomez. the republican with perhaps the best shot of making this seat competitive in the general. certainly the candidate democrats fear the most given that they might give republicans the good shot in june. june 25th is the special general election. we will talk to several and perhaps all of the candidates later this hour. a fast look around as they campaign today. let's move on to the big story for the first time in history. a male american athlete on a big four sports team has come out publicly as gay. jason collins, a 12 year veteran
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of the nba who finished the season as a center for the washington wizards shattered one of the last barriers for gay americans in professional sports. >> waiting around for somebody else to raise their hand and i'm ready to raise my hand, but you still look around like come on, guys. i know that in my personal life i'm ready and think the country is ready for supporting an openly gay basketball player. >> writing in "sports illustrated," collins said this. i want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. i want to take a stand and say me too. collins is a historic first and a year full of first for the gay rights movement. a year ago in may vice president biden surprised the white house on "meet the press" saying he was absolutely comfortable with
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same-sex marriage. that same week president obama said same-sex couples should be able to get married. the president made inauguration history by agrees addressing gay rights in the speech. >> the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal is the star that guides us still. just as it guided our forebearers to seneca falls and stonewall. >> in "sports illustrated," collins refers to that speech saying the more people who speak out, the better. gay or straight. this ahead of the supreme court arguments on prop 8 and the defense of marriage act, rob portman was the first sitting senator to voice support after he learned his son, will, is gay. he was followed by mark kirk and dozens of democrats had a chase to avoid being the last on the democratic side. the supreme court arguments put
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a spotlight on the issue as polling showed a shift on major during the obama pedestrian. why is this announcement a dig deal? they were ahead of the durve and the civil rights movement has been a different story. professional sports have lagged behind where the country is as a whole. the celtics coach doc rivers compared him to jackie robinson who broke the color barrier. many did react positively to the announcement or said it's just not that big of a deal. there a couple of colleagues. >> this is the support that they play. changing the thing if you are hetero or homosexual. >> collins's announcement was coordinated. they were rolling out statements
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and joe kennedy and his roommate at stanford. he wrote i'm proud to stand with him today and call him a friend. chelsea clinton at stanford posted on facebook, i'm proud of my friend jason collins for having the strength and courage to become the first openly gay athlete in the nba. president clinton tweeted i am proud to call jason collins a friend. president obama called him to express support and said he was impressed by his courage according to the white house. a first round draft pick is approaching the end of his career. he's a free agent and hopes to resign and inject pressure inside and outside the nba to keep him in the league for more season to not start a conversation about whether he doesn't get resigned due to his abilities or the fact that he came out. two other athletes, the number one pick of the wnba draft and the soccer player robbie rogers
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tweeted this. i feel a movement coming. >> finally, something that we don't cover enough around here. probably one of the biggest broken promises of the obama presidency. time after time candidate obama vowed to close guantanamo prison. the detention of military combatants. >> when we have got a guantanamo that is open and we suspend habeas corpus, those kinds of thing erode our moral claims. we will lead by shutting down guantanamo and restoring habeas corpus in this country so that we offer an example. >> i said repeatedly that i intend to close guantanamo and i will follow-through on that. >> shortly after being sworn in, president obama signed an order that required the prison to be
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closed within 12 months. the plan faltered as senate majority leader harry head vowed to stop it. he was a-person to stop it to a prison in illinois and it was blocked by congress. congress blocked funds for the release of transfer of any prisoners. the white house decided they didn't want to fight and after a two-year because, he reinstituted the military tribunals. they plan to prosecute the mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed and they fell apart. in january of this year, the envoy in charge of closing successfully resettled 40 detainees and resigned his office closed. prisoners began a hunger strike that continued for nearly three months. the numbers are growing. 100 of the 160 detainees are starving themselves.
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21 are being force fed through a tube and five are under hospital observation. >> two weeks ago when they tried to end the hunger strike, a clash turned violent with using improvised weapons and firing rubber bullets. this weekend, 40 medical personnel arrived to help. 11 years after guantanamo prison opened, 166 wartime detainees remain. three prisoners have been convict and 30 face trial and some have been determined too dangerous to be released. they remain in limbo. then the 86 prisoners approved for transfer more than three years ago and remain without charges or trial. 56 of them are from yemen. after president obama halted transfers to yemen following the underwear bombers attempt to blow up a flight, the pentagon won't say how many of them are starving themselves. they acknowledge some are. several weeks ago one prisoner
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who has been living at guantanamo for more than 11 years and never faced charges described the situation in a "new york times" article. two times a day they tie me to a chair and my arms, legs and head are strapped down in one force feeding. they pushed the pube about 18 inches into my stomach, hurding more than usual because she was doing things so hastily. president obama refuses to send detainees back to yemen. i am a hun an being and not a passport and deserve to be treated by one. on thursday, they asked california senator dianne feinstein, monitors from the red cross told her staff that the level of desperation among the detainees is unprecedented and said i believe it would be prudent to revisit the decision to halt transfers to yem an. facing a growing crisis as more and more prisoners joined the hunger strike, the white house had no answers. >> i can tell you that the white
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house and the president's team is closely monitoring the hunger strikers. the administration remains committed to closing the facility. >> we are committed to closing the facility in the national security interests. i don't have a specific response to what's happening now. >> i can tell you that we continue to monitor the hunger strikers at guantanamo closely. >> perhaps that's a question that may come up today for the president. up next, the massachusetts race round up. we will talk to the candidates for a final push for votes and another special election news. for the first time in decades, democrats have a chance to pick up a house seat in north carolina. this one hits mark sanford a bit personally where it hurts. first a look ahead at today's politics planner. president obama will be taking questions in the briefing room. we will see how fast we can get
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>> well, as we told you, today is day 100 of the president's second term. to mark the occasion, the president planned to hold a press conference at 10:15 this morning. 57 minutes for now. we will test the washington traffic in a few minutes, but it's a big story. that means somebody is voting
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somewhere. that somewhere is in massachusetts. what if they held a special election and not many showed up? it's not quite that bad, but three years after the last election and two weeks after the marathon bombings turned out as expected to be light. we will do a whip around getting as many as we can in the next five minutes. the first one, republican candidate gabriel gomez. good morning to you. >> how are you doing, sir? >> pretty good. one of the issues you had to face is the question of whether you are conservative enough to represent the republican party in today's republican party in the u.s. senate. what do you say to that charge? >> i have been republican all my and i'm a fiscal conservative and it's more personal responsibility and freedom and smaller more effective government. i'm a first generation american and i served proudly for nine years and half of it with the
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navy s.e.a.l. i didn't need a 100 page presentation to let me know about the campaign. i can be more inclusive and broadening the party. talking about what we stand for. i am a proud republican and looking forward to the election today. >> if you come up short today, do you feel as if republican primary voters are sending a message in. >> no, we had a great campaign and i had great public service and the people had the choice today and we are confident to get the vote out and we will be successful. >> we will be watching and stay safe and check in with you again. >> appreciate it, sir. take care. >> joining me next, mike sullivan, former u.s. attorney and acting director of atf and somebody who got a lot of endorsements from conservative groups. mr. sullivan, good morning to
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you. >> great to be on. thank you. >> you have received a lot of high profile endorsements for conservative republicans. this is massachusetts and if you get the nomination, you will make it harder for republicans to win the seat. what do you say to that? >> that's false. the claim is raised by democrats because i'm the only person in the tlas has taken on the career politicians and beaten them twice. the example of our having somebody represent the republican party is principals gets great support from the republican base. it's great support from independents and democrats alike. we bring a unique set of experiences to the campaign unlike anybody else from the democrat and republican side. it's a lot of pressure and
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rising up to the president and investigating international terror investigation. you have those types of experiences and the jobs and the national security. that worries people the most. >> you were the former acting head of the atf. ever since it has been a senate confirmation position, there is never a confirmed head of the atf. you have given the senate. how can you beat back this resistance out there to confirm a real director of the atf? >> it should have an opportunity to have the nominee voted by the u.s. senate and i will do everything in my power to see that that happens. there has only been two nominees. i know there was a third one. the white house put little effort into advancing the nomination. >> you don't blame the nra for blocking it? >> not at all. they played no role at all with
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regards to my nomination and not getting to the senate floor. >> michael sullivan, good luck on the campaign trail. >> thank you, chuck. >> next up, state representative is trying to make a jump from the statehouse to the representative. i want to start with the fact that your last ad talked about unanimous and how you won the endorsements and yet if you look at the polls out there, you are trailing the other two candidates. what's made it so difficult? >> this has been a campaign like no other. more than half of the voters were undecided or willing to change their minds. it was wide open and friday until today that i lost the game. that's the only candidate who made that investment.
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that can make a difference in the race for 150,000 voters likely to turn out. >> obviously we know mr. gomez is moderate and more electable. he said he is the true republican. what distinguishes you? >> i am socially moderate and fiscally conservative. endorsed by every newspaper state-wide that endorsed everybody that. bodes well because voters tend to be high information voters and go through the process of the editorial board. i will have to get the low information with the democrats and try to aim for them. >> illness caused them to cancel most of the campaign events. the spokesman joins us live and
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lynch has a bit of laryngitis this morning. let me ask you this about your chances today. how much is about independent voters showing up in the primary versus the independent voters voting in the primary today? >> i don't think we are too worried about the voting in the primary. people forget that scott brown didn't win because of a number of voters appeared in massachusetts. they voted in the republican primary and we will bring those people home today. >> what is it that has been the most difficult here in the last few weeks? explain how the boston marathon bombings made it so that it was harder to talk for voters and changed the conversation. what is it that changed these last days of the election. >> it's a focus off the election and i believe it has changed the dynamic a little bit. we hope they remain engaged.
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the best way is to participate in it. >> if congressman lynch does not win, is it hard to be a pro life democrat? >> i'm not sure that's the message. the voters are focused on a number of different issues and that's just one. >> speaking for congressman lynch who has laryngitis this morning. stay safe today and good luck. ed marky, we have been going back and forth with the campaign. looks like we couldn't make the connection if it somehow happens before the hour. we will sweep him in as well. much more on the special election. it lets us know whether this race matters in june. that's at run down.msnbc.com. the new trouble for virginia's governor. the first look at the obama administration's new effort to
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briefing which would be cause for substitution. welcome back to the daily run down. we will carry that for you live and traffic willing in this fair city, chuck todd will be there. on our radar this morning, the obama administration is releasing simplified applications. the hope is that the shorter applications will show the president and the administration want to be as flexible as possible. the new forms seen here are shouldered in the industry-size forms for individuals reduced from 21 pages to three and the applications for families are reduced to a third of their original size. they will be released online and will be committed starting october 1st. nbc news learned that the director of national intelligence ordered a review of how intelligence was handled in
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the boston marathon bombing. female dna was found on one of the bombs. the dna could be from many sources, but they are considering the possibility of it belonging to the widows of one of the bombing suspects. the surviving suspect's remains are in federal prison. they have begun talking about a plea deal where he could avoid the death penalty in return of an account of what happened and why. we have an experienced death penalty attorney. they have big time criminals including the unibomber and jarrett loughner. turning to syria, most americans continue to say the u.s. does not have a responsibility to intervene in syria according to the latest news and "new york times" poll. the poll shows 62% of americans
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think the u.s. should not intervene in syria, down lightly from last month. 24% think the use should do something in syria. a war-weary nation. finally fbi agents are looking into the relationship between bob mcdonald, his wife and the executive of a nutritional supplement manufacturer under federal investigation. according to the "washington post," authors are questioning people close to the mcdonald's as an outgrowth of the security probe into the virginia-based star scientific. officials are looking into whether they took action to benefit them in exchange for money. he is a major donor who paid for the food at his daughter's wedding. the ex-chef to the governor's mansion alleged that a year ago he gave fbi and state police investigators evidence of wrong-doing and abuse by donald and his family. the chef faces four counts of
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felony for allegedly stealing from the mansion. developing now, you are looking at live pictures from sanford, florida, where george zrman and his lawyers are in court for a hearing on pretrial issues. we may hear from him at any minute. among the issues slated to be discussed whether he plans to pursue an immunity defense based on the stand your ground law. prosecutors want him to state on the record whether or not he will waive his right to use the controversial statute at trial. also on the docket, several motions filed by the defense including one calling for all the enhanced versions of 911 calls made the night trayvon martin was shot. to unseal a wrongful death settlement his family received in the homeowner's association in the development where their son died. zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the
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. ben franklin said there is nothing certain but death and taxes. we are doing a deep dive into the efforts to knock taxes off the list. they installed several governors and trying to do it themselves. pushing plans to eliminate taxes all together. the louisiana governor introduced a plan to end corporate and personal income taxes while standing and raising the sales tax to make up the
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difference. after talking to louisiana, residents he decided to scrap it. >> they say governor, we want to get rid of the income taxes and you are worried you are moving too quickly. you are not sure your plan is the best way to do it. we heard the comments and i adjust the course. we will part our tax plan. >> nebraska's republican gun owner tried something similar in his state earlier this year, seeking to raise the money by ending billions of dollars worth of sales tax exemptions. they helped kill that plan. ohio's governor's plan to cut personal income taxes by 20% and small business taxes by 50% was scrapped by his fellow republicans in the house because of concerns about how to pay for it. in north carolina, there was concern they may be on the
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vergie releasing their own plan. the sales tax raise would be raised. sam brown with the senator signed income tax cuts into law and wants to keep cutting. he encouraged colleagues to keep up the effort despite the opposition. >> the republican governors are sold you can't cut taxes and balance budgets and invest in the future at the same time. we said watch us. >> we should note at least one democratic governor is trying his hand. he is taking the opposite approach trying to raise the income tax rate from 5 and 1/4 to 6 and 1/quarter. neither the house or senate have signed on to the plan in massachusetts. joining me now is a man who knows a little about tax policy,
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the tax reform with grover norquist. thank you for joining us. >> sure. >> want to ask you about the plans to do away with the sales tax. if i'm a single mom in louisiana and i want to buy milk and bread and eggs for my kids, how am i not bearing more of a burden by having a higher sales tax to keep the progressive structure that exists in the state? >> each of the states is looking to move away from the income tax and some of them want to extend to searcheses that are not presently covered. >> overall what they are looking at, the states that don't have the income tax are growing more rapidly and people are moving their jobs and if you don't have a job, the most important thing is to get rid of income tax to create jobs. i'm not a fan.
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i think we should take the income tax down and take the additional revenue through growth and budget cutting. >> the issue is not something you can quantify. in terms of what you are trying to see, what would you think would be a plan that you see them run into a brick wall. where could you see that coming apart? >> the plan to abolish it in a year and the statehouse is saying take a look at that. they will come across the board with the significant cut in tax rates without raising the sales tax to services. the governor didn't say he didn't want to do elimination of the income tax. they said there ten plans in the legislature and my plan. i am not wedded to my plan. let's move forward. you will make progress here, it
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may be a three or four-year project. in kansas the governor and the legislature are committed to getting rid of the income tax and doing it overtime. they couldn't do it in year. it takes a few years. they have a big plan. they are getting rid of the tax shift with the cut. there was a discussion now in wisconsin as well. the 25 states that have the republican governor in both houses republican. almost all of those from florida to texas and on cutting taxes in some way. there 13 states and the democrat like massachusetts. california, illinois, they are all raising taxes. income taxes and sales tax. >> closer to home here, we are all here in d.c. with the most definite battle. has speaker boehner assures you
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that they will not be on the table. you will hold him to that promise? >> speaker baper made public commitments to the voters and not to me. they are not voting for the tax increase. with the sequester and the caps, we have some restraint in spending coming over the next four years. what the president wants to do is raise taxes instead of spending restraint. he is not talking about reforming entitlements as a new way of the cost. he openly promised with the spending restraint and put tax increases in. that's not going to happen. >> i want to give you an opportunity to talk about something you are talking about outside of taxes. you are an early supporter of proposition 36. that's to ease the three strikes law and trying to eliminate the backlog of inmates we have in
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the united states prison. what got you involved and why do you think it's a good idea to get people out of prison quickly? >> some people and some should stay there for a long time. they keep fighting and reduce crime and make the world safer. having said that, how much safer are you to keep a 75-year-old in prison for the next five years. for the nonviolent crimes where you can put an ankle bracelet on it. there a lot of things to do other than california who spent $50,000 to keep someone in prison. $25,000 in a number of other states. this started in texas and i work on a national level with the texas foundation and a network that is taking conservative leadership in the states and saying are there ways to keep crime moving down while we spend
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i'll start with you, how bad is mark sanford's campaign. it's skiesing that a guy with home political talent seems to have stepped in every trap set for him. >> he really has. it's been a particularly tough couple of likes for us. i think what this tells us and what republican operatives have known for a long time is that jen in sanford was the brains behind that operation and without her, he's reel been flailing. >> jenny sanford, northeastern pragmatic wall street person. he could do anything without her. >> this is simply just a holdover for 18 months. it's tough for dress to hold that seat. >> not necessarily. i would like to say he hasn't led a great campaign but elizabeth colbert bush has run a tough campaign. she was aggressive. she has a clear message. >> she's impressive. >> she's very impressive. and he's really run on i
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pro-business, pro-economic message. sanford, look, the republicans didn't get him out of the race. and i think that, you know, is a scary sign for recruiting down the road. there are 17 seats that the president won that republicans represent. and that's what democrats need to win in the house. >> do you think in terms of electoral strategy here, the democrats trying to bring something up from '06, the mark foley idea, doubling down on guys that have any baggage that we saw here? >> we wrote on "the hotline" we called up kobe maru, "star trek" fans will understand the reference. democrats won a seat in south carolina but on the other hand, they win the seat but they got mark sanford. let me be clear here. the special election is but one data point that doesn't indicate the larger national trend. i argued with doug nonstep when he was at the ccc. you did, look, a lot of that,
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just because democrats might win the seat, we shouldn't weigh too much into this, it's a harbinger of things to come. >> we shouldn't forget that special elections are turnout nightmares to predict. just because she's ahead in the polls a week ago nine points does not mean -- >> quickly president obama having a press conference. 10 h 15. the first 100 days. doug, you've been promoted to democratic strategist. what do you want out of press conference? >> i think he's going to put pressure on republicans in congress and the house to get acting on immigration reform. i think he's not going to give up on gun violence and obviously dealing with the budget. up know, the house republicans still haven't nominated -- >> whether he wants to or not, he's talking about syria. >> syria? >> yeah. >> he's got to come out of the lame duck status. quickly, shameless plugs around the table.
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>> everybody should check out national journal's iphone app. a complete list of staffers on capitol hill. >> and the fourth grader, john eaten, he's in a big play the next week or so. i want to give him a shoutout. election day in massachusetts. let's elect a republican that can win. >> a fascinating race. i'm going to give a shameless plug to rihanna. i saw her in her concert last night. if you're in your 20s, she did every single dance hit of the your 20s. coming up in the next hour, the president's press conference, 10:15 a.m. hopefully, chuck will be in the chair. take care. here's your business travel forecast. i'm meteorologist bill karins. a nice warm day in so many areas from the midwest to the east coast. 79 in atlanta. in the 80s all the way from
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the immigration, sequestration, immigration. there are a lot of issues he could address today. and he's going to have to. joining me is nbc kristen welker at the white house. alex wagner. chris freight, national correspondent for the national journal. and jackie kucinich, political editor for "the washington post." i want to star with kristen right now, it seems to me this is going to be dominated by syria. >> i think that's right, chris. i think that the president is going to get a lot of questions about syria. of course, several months ago he declared that it would be a red line if syria used chemical weapons. just last week, the administration said that there is proof, they believe, that syria has used chemical weapons. and at this point, it's not clear how the president, how this administration is going to respond. they say they need more evidence to corroborate the initial intelligence reports. i think you're absolutely right, the p